Cooney and Fitzgerald enjoy good weekend

PJ Cooney and Davey Fitzgerald had good wins in the Munster intermediate championship during a weekend packed with championship scores in all grades.

In the Suicide Aware benefit at Gortroe Martin Coppinger beat Thomas Mackle by two bowls in Saturday’s feature — throwing some record shots.

Edmond Sexton beat Brian O’Reilly in the last shot in Sunday’s feature.

PJ Cooney beat Wayne Callanan and Tim-Pat O’Donovan in the last shot at Sally’s Cross. Callanan led by a bowl after two past the cornfield bend and held it to the Creaghleen. He got three poor shots to the priest’s house.

Cooney levelled at Foley’s with O’Donovan off the pace.

O’Donovan got a massive shot down the straight to level with Callanan. Cooney kept a good lead by making sight at the end of the straight, but he lost odds though a poor second last.

Callanan now had a small chance but he missed the line and Cooney beat it with a perfect bowl.

At Shannonvale Davey Fitzgerald finished strongly to beat Liam O’Sullivan by two bowls. They were level after five to the quarry. O’Sullivan raised a bowl in the shots to Desmond’s line. He followed with four great bowls to lead by two shots before Tobin’s.

A top class finish from Fitzgerald and O’Sullivan’s dramatic dip in form changed the score completely. At the novice line Fitzgerald was over two bowls clear.

James Nagle beat David Shannon in the last shot of the Carbery Junior B final at Bauravilla. They were level after four to the netting. Nagle raised almost a bowl by reaching the rock in three more. Shannon wiped that out with three equally good shots to the bridge.

Shannon raised 70m odds with a great bowl from the bridge. He was unlucky to miss the line by 10 metres with a good second last.

Nagle snatched the reprieve with a huge bowl that rubbed the left and left Shannon with a virtually impossible bowl to follow.

Jimmy O’Driscoll gave a five star display in the South West Junior B final at the Pike where he beat Fergal Beamish by two bowls.

Wayne Kingston comprehensively beat Michael Wall in the East Cork West Waterford Junior B final at Clashmore. He had almost a bowl after three to the first cross. He raised a bowl with his next and made the pylons in eight where he had well over a bowl. A huge bowl past Coolbagh cross sealed his win.

Also at Clashmore Mick Hurley beat Michael O’Leary by two bowls in the Junior A semi-final. He led from the off and two huge bowls to the pylons pushed him over a bowl clear. He played an incredible bowl up through Coolbagh cross, which put him two bowls clear.

Pa Butler plays James Cooney in the other semi-final. He equalled the road record at Cobh by reaching McCarthy’s cross in 10 to beat Tony Carey by three bowls.

Ian Callanan beat Ger Fitzpatrick at Ballygurteen in the South West Junior A. He made sight in two to go a bowl in front. He made the women’s lane in four to go close to a second bowl. He raised that after six to the avenue and held it to the finish.

Billy McAuliffe edged closer to the North East Junior A title when he beat Michael Murphy by over two bowls at Bottlehill. Murphy won the opening shot, but McAuliffe quickly took over. He was almost a bowl in front after four to Dan’s corner. He was two bowls clear at the well and Murphy conceded at the novice line.

John O’Rourke plays Vincent Kiely in the North Junior A final, after his semi-final win over David Hubbard at Donoughmore. They were locked together after five to Ring’s. At the end of the straight Hubbard led by 20m.

O’Rourke then got a great bowl to sight. Hubbard missed sight and lost ground through his loft. O’Rourke increased his lead and beat the line with a spectacular bowl from the last bend.

Peter Nagle beat Michael O’Driscoll in the Cork City Junior A semi-final at Templemichael. He was almost a bowl in front after three. O’Driscoll levelled in the next two, but Nagle pushed clear again to Sarsfield’s Court cross.

Anthony Gould plays Richard Murphy in the other semi-final having beating Brian Daly by almost two bowls.

James Oliver beat Paul O’Reilly and Dónal Daly at Port Mór/Blackwatertown in the intermediate championship. Colm Rafferty beat Shea Mullin in the Junior A at Tullysaran.

Kieran O’Driscoll beat Eugene O’Sullivan by two bowls in the Munster Veteran I championship at Togher Cross.

At Béal na mBláth Jerry Murphy raised almost a bowl on DJ Holland after three shots of the Mid-Cork Veteran I final and held that lead to the line.

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courtssports columnistsplace: gortroeplace: sally’s crossplace: shannonvaleplace: bauravillaplace: pikeplace: clashmoreplace: cobhplace: bottlehillplace: templemichaelplace: port mórplace: tullysaranplace: togher crossplace: béal na mbláthperson: cooneyperson: fitzgeraldperson: pj cooneyperson: davey fitzgeraldperson: martin coppingerperson: thomas mackleperson: edmond sextonperson: brian o’reillyperson: wayne callananperson: tim-pat o’donovanperson: callananperson: foleyperson: o’donovanperson: liam o’sullivanperson: o’sullivanperson: desmondperson: tobinperson: james nagleperson: david shannonperson: nagleperson: shannonperson: jimmy o’driscollperson: fergal beamishperson: wayne kingstonperson: michael wallperson: mick hurleyperson: michael o’learyperson: pa butlerperson: james cooneyperson: mccarthyperson: tony careyperson: ian callananperson: ger fitzpatrickperson: billy mcauliffeperson: michael murphyperson: murphyperson: mcauliffeperson: danperson: john o’rourkeperson: vincent kielyperson: david hubbardperson: hubbardperson: o’rourkeperson: peter nagleperson: michael o’driscollperson: o’driscollperson: anthony gouldperson: richard murphyperson: brian dalyperson: james oliverperson: paul o’reillyperson: donal dalyperson: colm raffertyperson: shea mullinperson: kieran o’driscollperson: eugene o’sullivanperson: jerry murphyperson: dj hollandevent: munster intermediate championshipevent: suicide awareevent: carbery junior bevent: south west junior bevent: eastevent: west waterford junior b finalevent: junior aevent: north east junior aevent: north junior a finalevent: cork city junior aevent: munster veteran i championshipevent: mid-cork veteran i finalorganisation: ballygurteen
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